1399 The Insect King, Xiao Ying
Jiang Chen and Duan Yun rushed toward the western region. They flew for more than 30,000 miles and managed to reach their destination by noon.
"It's probably somewhere in this place, but no one knows its exact location," Duan Yun looked at the terrain beneath them and at Jiang Chen with a baffled gaze. "I don't think that this will be a problem for you."
"Let's wait until tonight," Jiang Chen raised his head and examined the sky. It wasn't possible for him to find the divine palace right now.
When Duan Yun heard this, he realized that finding the divine palace wasn't any longer an issue. He had such high confidence in Jiang Chen.
In the past, when they had entered a forbidden land, he had depended wholly on Jiang Chen to enter it without a hitch and find the World-Destroying Demonic Body.
BUZZ! BUZZ! BUZZ!
At this moment, they heard intense cries being transmitted from many black dots that appeared not far from them. When they observed them carefully, they discovered that they were numerous small insects whose forms were changing constantly.
Jiang Chen and Duan Yun exchanged glances. They realized that someone else was exploring this area.
The Gold-Seeking Worms covered both the land and the sky, and the land forms of every place they passed by would be drawn out and would appear in front of the controller. These creatures were the best tools for a treasure hunt, and this was why they were called Gold-Seeking Worms.
"Will he manage to find it accidentally?" Duan Yun was quite worried.
"It shouldn't be possible. Don't forget that the experts who entered previously had cleared out this place, and, if finding it was so easy, they wouldn't have left it for us," Jiang Chen analyzed this matter calmly.
"That's the case. Well? Those bugs are rushing to us?" Duan Yun noticed that the flying worms were rushing toward them.
Such a sight was quite confusing because the Gold-Seeking Worms didn't possess any offensive power and were quite fragile and weak, while they were still quite precious and expensive. This was why the controllers would rarely order them to approach people.
When there were only several yards left until the Gold-Seeking Worms reached them, they came to a stop and changed their shapes repeatedly.
Every shape would form a certain character, and, if they were linked together, it would say, "Come over."
In the end, this group of Gold-Seeking Worms separated into two groups, and a part of them continued the exploration, while a little group led the way for Jiang Chen and Duan Yun.
"What do you have to say about this?" Duan Yun inquired of Jiang Chen. This was a habit that he had gotten into in his previous life.
At first, Duan Yun wasn't like this, and he even thought that Jiang Chen was a burden, but, later, he discovered that Jiang Chen's decisions were always correct.
The little group of Gold-Seeking Worms urged them. But since their number was quite low, the words formed by them were also small.
"Let's go see what is he concocting."
Jiang Chen wondered whether the guy had any information he wanted to exchange with them.
Duan Yun didn't hesitate any longer, and both of them flew forward swiftly while the Gold-Seeking Worms showed them the way.
The Gold-Seeking Worms' control scope was quite limited, and this was why the distance wouldn't be too far.
Before they reached their destination, a cool breeze blew at them.
"The sea is ahead of us."
Jiang Chen discerned that this wasn't a wind off the land, and a boundless azure color soon appeared before them. It stretched to the horizon.
There was a group of people in the sky atop the coastline, and there were countless Gold-Seeking Worms there. It was obvious that the Gold-Seeking Worms' controller was there.
Jiang Chen and Duan Yun tacitly drew their sharp swords and got on guard. They stopped 1,000 yards from those people.
"Why are you dillydallying? What? Do you think that we harbor malice toward you? You are thinking too highly of yourselves."
A tall man came out of the crowd. He had a striking appearance due to his shiny head. He was bald.
"Why have you called us here?" Jiang Chen didn't bother with bickering with them about their attitude. He got right to the point and questioned them.
"You have also come here for the divine palace, haven't you?" The bald man questioned them, but he didn't wait for Jiang Chen's reply, and he continued speaking. He said, "It's likely that the divine palace is in the sea."
Such abrupt words made the expressions of Jiang Chen and Duan Yun change drastically. After they got over their brief shock, Jiang Chen discovered that such words were reasonable.
The divine palace's history extended up to an era before ancient times. And since the world had gone through many transformations, a continent from the past wouldn't be currently in the same state. It wasn't strange for the divine palace to have sunk into the sea.
In the past, Jiang Chen had discovered many ancient buildings in the sea.
However, if this was really the case, the bald man wouldn't have informed them out of the kindness of his heart.
"However, it's obviously not in the shallow sea. It must be in the deep sea that is several hundred yards below the surface. It's at a very high depth," the bald man continued speaking.
Jiang Chen's heart shuddered. It wasn't possible for ordinary people to bear the water pressure at such a depth, and even though martial-grade experts wouldn't end up losing their lives, it would still be difficult for them to move freely, since there were still monster beasts in the sea's depths.
The reason why the bald man had asked them to come over was that he wanted to form a team with them to look after each other.
"How did you find out that the divine palace is in the sea?" Duan Yun asked.
"You don't need to know this." The bald man wasn't willing to inform them of this.
Jiang Chen and Duan Yun used a sound transmission to communicate, and they both found these people unreliable.
It was especially the case since Jiang Chen was able to discern the location, and it would be better for them to wait until the night before giving this matter any consideration.
"We will refuse it."
Since they were facing a person with a forceful attitude like the bald man, Jiang Chen had to express his opinion clearly.
"You will refuse it?"
It seemed as if the bald man didn't expect such a reply, and his expression became gloomy, while he spoke coldly, "Are you skeptical of us? Do you think that we are trying to deceive you?"
When Jiang Chen detected the hostile air revealed by this guy, he realized that this matter would go downhill soon.
Moreover, as he took a look at Duan Yun, he saw him licking his lips, while his blood-red eyes shone brightly.
If he didn't do anything, Duan Yun would surely attack.
"We have our own plans," Jiang Chen said. He already had many enemies, and they didn't need to increase the number of his enemies.
"You have gotten to know this secret. Yet you still want to leave?" The bald man wouldn't give up on this matter so easily.
Upon hearing this, Jiang Chen almost laughed. He didn't want to cause trouble, but he wasn't afraid of it. This was why he just got quiet.
"If you want to pick a quarrel, then you have chosen the wrong target," Duan Yun's Slaughter Sword became blood-red. It wasn't its usual dense red color, but a blazing color as if it was metal that was being heated up by a fire.
The bald man was taken aback by this. But he still didn't cower.
"Wang Xiong, since they don't want to accept it, we shouldn't force them."
While they were at daggers drawn, another voice echoed out from among the crowd.
The bald man wasn't willing to accept this, but he still curbed his hostile air.
It was only now that Jiang Chen and Duan Yun realized that the leader wasn't the bald man, and, just after this, they looked at the man who seemed even more like a controller. He was wearing a broad black robe that went from his mouth to his feet, while his handsome face seemed slightly gloomy.
"The Insect King, Xiao Ying."
Duan Yun recognized him, and he informed Jiang Chen that he was an excellent expert in the second-rank group.
Jiang Chen was surprised by this. There were only a few people from the second-rank group in the ancient ruins, and they weren't even ones who could be called excellent experts.
Jiang Chen sized up the man with the Insect King's title, and he discovered that his realm level was at the Martial Emperor's late stage, which would give people a profound mysterious feeling.
"But since we have informed you of our plan, then shouldn't you also inform us of yours? Wouldn't it be fair like this?" Xiao Ying said.
When he heard these words, Jiang Chen said "Awful" to himself, and was about to obstruct Duan Yun. But it was too late, as Duan Yun shouted, "Don't even dream about it."
"This means that you are quite confident in your plans? It seems like you know something," Xiao Ying sneered coldly as he spoke.